There are numerous reasons why Germany is now considered as one of the prime locations being considered for higher education by students worldwide. In addition to reasons like the central location of Germany and the fact that the country is a safe abode for foreigners, there are many reasons that make Germany a favourite location for pursuing higher studies.
No tuition fees at public universities in Germany
Higher education in Germany is generally funded by the state, and as such there are no tuition fees at public universities in Germany for all students, foreign or not. The students are required to pay some registration fees each semester, which varies from campus to campus, but averages about 250 euros per semester.
There are over 400 higher education institutions in Germany, divided into public “tuition free” institutions that are host to over 2.4 million students across the country. The private institutions in the country, on the other hand, are host to less than 5 percent of the total student body.
Excellent higher education infrastructure and facilities
The higher education institutions in Germany can be classified into three categories;
– Universities of Applied Sciences, and
– Technical, Art, Film and Music Colleges
Most public universities in Germany were established in the Middle Ages. Since their inception, a high level of focus was placed on ensuring that quality education was provided in various academic disciplines.
It is a common knowledge that universities in Germany are known for excelling in terms of both the infrastructure being used as well as the curricula or programs being instituted. The diversified professional staff ensures that the high quality of education is always ensured in the various fields of studies being offered by these institutions. The practical aspect of education is given as much importance as the theoretical aspect of learning, and hence, the students are expected to be fully prepared and equipped to join the professional industry after graduation.
Internationally recognized degrees
Another perk of studying in Germany is that universities in Germany operate under the Bologna reform, meaning that all students are entitled to get internationally recognized degrees. The following types of degrees have been defined according to the Bologna system;
- BA/BSc equals 6 semesters of study
- MA/MSc equals to 2-4 semesters of study, depending on the program
- PhD equals 4-6 semesters of study, depending on the program
The above applies to all programs of study, excluding medicine, law and pharmacy. For these fields of study, students are required to take a state exam at the end of studies, and the course is longer than an ordinary bachelor’s degree.
Study programs taught in English
Foreign students can not only study for free in Germany, but they can also do so in English. English is a widely spoken language in the world, and hence if your German language skills are not up to the mark, you can still apply in a course of study entirely taught in English, be it Bachelor, Master or PhD. However, it is highly advisable that students acquaint themselves with the German language during the course of their studies, especially if they intend on staying in the country for the purpose of gainful employment after the completion of their studies.
Great job opportunities after graduation
Regardless of the fact that studying in Germany is free, students are expected to cover their cost of living during their studies. Therefore, most students tend to look for side jobs to cover their cost of living. For students not belonging to the EU or EEA states, they have to face certain limitations in working, i.e. they are only permitted to work for 120 full days or 240 half days. Given that Germany has a developed and stable economy, there is a high possibility for students of finding a side job that can help them to cover their cost of living during the course of their studies.
The possibility to stay in Germany after your studies
A successful graduation from a German university opens the way to a wide range of opportunities in the German job market for foreign graduates. So, it is entirely up to the students on how well they are able to take their qualifications to land themselves a good job after graduation.
Completing internships related to your course of studies, accomplishing social and volunteer work, and establishing professional contacts can go a long way in helping you land that dream job you are looking for. Students are also advised to contact their respective University Career Counselling Office, as well as go through the career portal of their universities; the career portal is usually upgraded on a regular basis to include new jobs, hence students have a good chance of finding a relevant job.